It's Crown Day. Black women beauty insiders are advocating for the Crown Act to celebrate their natural hair

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Hair texture discrimination is legal in 37 states. Black women in the beauty industry say the Crown Act is a victory for natural hair acceptance.
The Crown Act outlaws hair texture discrimination in 13 states and more than two dozen cities.

Black women in the beauty industry say the bill is a victory for natural hair acceptance.

The fight continues, however, as natural hair discrimination is still legal in 37 states.

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While a reporter in Michigan, journalist Brittany Noble never really wore her natural hair, instead opting for a sewn-in weave. But then she noticed her hair texture changing.

The former news anchor experienced trials and tribulations navigating her changing crown, telling Insider she "really wanted to wear my natural hair, but I was still trying to give it that European look."

After becoming pregnant, Noble finally took the leap, sporting her natural hair on-air. She says she was soon criticized, and later fired. According to a Dove and CROWN Research study, hair discrimination is an experience Black women like Noble know all too well.

—Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) July 2, 2021

"It's really unfortunate that in some states this style is still not accepted," she told Insider, now residing in her hometown of St. Louis. "It's why we have to continue pushing for the CROWN act" - legislation that bans discrimination against natural hair or protective styles commonly associated with Black people and indigenous people of color.

While she does "support my TV sisters going to work everyday fighting for us behind the scenes," her exit became the impetus to serve as an advocate and partner with DOVE.

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